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               23.1.09  Canon 50D , 500mm f4  -   1/250 - f5 - ISO 800                               

A regular visitor to the garden, this male is easily identified by the fleck in his right eye and has been around the area for a number of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Male Sparrowhawk

               9.03.09  Canon 350D , 100/400mm f4/5.6  -   1/125 - f5 - ISO 400                               

The usual male Sparrowhawk, this time stalking round the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Juvenile Male Sparrowhawk

                                    26.10.10  Canon 50D , 500mm f4   -   1/40 - f5 - ISO 400                

A first year male, you can tell from the size, and the "Red' tinge to the back feather's and the breast feather's (juvenile ). When adult both sexes gain more horizontal barring on the breast feathers and the back goes a Blue (Male) or Slate grey colour in the case of a Female. Male bird's of prey are a 'third' smaller than females. First year juvenile bird's of prey don't moult out into adult plumage until the second year, whereas all other species of birds will moult out in their first year. The reason for this is for birds of prey to gain more hunting experience in their first Winter, before experiencing a debilitating moult which would impair their hunting skills. This was apparent when it was chasing blue tits around the garden on two occasions without any success

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sparrowhawk with prey,Collared Dove

                   03.09.11 Canon 50D , 500mm f4   -   1/30 - f4 - ISO 1000                

Having caught the unfortunate collared dove in my back garden this female Sparrowhawk proceeded to eat it just 10 feet from the french windows in the dinning room where we were having our evening meal. It stayed there eating it for about an hour and a half, as can be seen from the size of the crop, and as the light was fading it then took off with the remaining carcass presumably for afters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sparrowhawk with prey

                   03.09.11 Canon 50D , 500mm f4   -   1/40 - f4 - ISO 3200                

Taken as the light had almost gone with high ISO of 3200 and a very slow shutter speed

 

 

 

 

 

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Sparrowhawk being harresed by a crow

                                                                 08.02.11 Canon 50D , 500mm f4   -   1/1000 - f4.5 - ISO 400             Return to Shropshire Bird Gallery   

Sparrowhawk being harresed by a crow